University of Nebraska at Lincoln coach Lori Jaxien (on left) poses with Kallie Kayton after the latter won team open reining at
Semifinals in Harrington, Delaware on March 25th. Kayton was one of three Cornhuskers to win a team class over a two-day span.
CORNHUSKERS WIN TOP PRIZE, REGULATE BUCKEYES TO SECOND AND KNIGHTS TO THIRD
Harrington, DE - For only the third time since the creation of what some
call a 'Mini-Nationals' IHSA Western Semifinals took place at a location east of
Ohio and north of Washington, DC. While Cazenovia College hosted one of three
Semifinals in March of 2008 and 2010 the Delaware State Fairgrounds were the
site of Semifinals for the first time in 2012.
It could be argued that the field for the Harrington, Delaware semifinal was
the strongest of the three scheduled for the March 24th/25th weekend. Three of
the teams which qualified for 2011 Nationals (Ohio State University, Black Hawk
College and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln) were present along with two
teams from 2010 Nationals (St. Andrews University and the State University of
New York at Oswego, also known as Oswego State University). Since Western
Semifinals replaced western Zones for the 2006-07 season Ohio State had gone
five-and-0 at Semi's, a feat the University of Findlay had also accomplished
(Findlay was coincidentally hosting a similar Semifinal event this weekend).
Though Semifinals have been run differently depending on the location in the
past the Harrington, Delaware semifinal was not unlike most which took place
when West Texas A & M University hosted. On March 24th all but three
classes were simply 'heats,' with eight riders in each heat. Riders
in each heat would await a 'callback' to see if they were one of eight (out of
16) riders to compete in the official section of the division in which they
survived Regionals. In complete contrast to the dry conditions often found in
Canyon, Texas the entire weekend in Harrington was a soggy one, with overcast
skies, some mist, some drizzle and some actual rain. However the Quillen Arena
is a very large covered arena, perhaps even worthy of hosting an IHSA Nationals
show (there is enough bleacher seating to accomodate at least 2,500 people).
The temperature was not all that bad, ranging from the 40's to perhaps even
60 degrees if only momentarily, though the last few classes on Sunday were back
in the 40's.
|Individual riders from Black Hawk College made the top four on four occasions, including
Alissa Frederick (on right, with her Mother). Frederick was a blue ribbon winner in individual advanced
The first actual class of the Saturday session was the first of six team classes,
Team Beginner Western Horsemanship. Riders walked and jogged before Judges
Scott Buckwalter and Bonnie Miller (herself a former Head Coach at Morrisville
State College) lined everyone up to perform the beginner pattern. When
everyone was finished working their way around the cones Liz Vacchiano had
given the University of Delaware the early lead. The Fighting Hens won the
combined Zone 3, Region 2/Zone 4, Region 4 and represented the 'Host Region'
in Harrington. Second place went to Duggan McDermott of St. Andrews
University while third place went to Amanda Young of Nebraska - Lincoln.
Riders from West Virginia University, Black Hawk and Ohio State rounded out
the top six, giving each of these teams at least one point for the day.
The team competition went from one end of the spectrum directly to the
other in a matter of moments, as Team Open Western Horsemanship followed.
While all the beginner riders knew little about riding prior to going off
to college the Team Open entries were in many cases seasoned veterans of
shows both within and outside of the IHSA. Buckwalter and Miller asked
each of the eight riders to walk, jog and lope until it was time for the
pattern. Hali Jorgensen, a senior from Omaha, Nebraska lifted the
Cornhuskers from third to first with a win in the division. Jorgensen was
one of five riders in the division who was also qualified for IHSA Nationals
in the individual AQHA Trophy division. Ohio State senior Beth Bianco was
second, giving the Buckeyes six points through one third of the team
classes. Ashley Lindell, a junior from Solway, Minnesota who was new to the
Bison team in 2011-12, was third to earn North Dakota State's first points
of Semifinals. Kelsey Delaplaine (junior, from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
was fourth. Yesterday teammate Layla Monazam had also been fourth which
meant West Virginia University also had six points a third of the way in.
University of Delaware sophomore Jen DeBernard was fifth, placing the
Fighting Hens in second place behind the Cornhuskers while Carrie Somerville
of Black Hawk College was sixth to give the school from Illinois three
points. Considering that they had a full team at Nationals two seasons ago
and that they won their region by 71 points over a very good Cazenovia
College team the biggest surprise in the early going was that S.U.N.Y. -
Oswego had not placed a rider in the top two in either division. The
Lakers would fair much better a day later.
There was one individual class (which involved actual placings) on March
24th. The Individual Open Reining division saw 16 riders go into the ring
one at a time and attempt to perform the reining pattern. Again five riders
were common to both the individual AQHA Trophy class at Nationals and this
division, though it was not the exact same five as had been in team open
horsemanship. Normally there are no callbacks for further testing at IHSA
western events. However three riders had the same combined score, which
was a '135.' This created a rare ride-off between these three riders, for
which fourth, fifth and sixth places were on the line. Because only the
top four in each western individual class go on to Nationals the rider
with the best score riding the pattern a second time would be Raleigh-bound.
That rider would be Josh Clevenger of Black Hawk College, who earned a score
of 134.5 in his second trip. Winning the class with a score of '140' was
Shannon Leggett of St. Andrews University. A senior from Williamsburg,
Virginia, Leggett won a ride-off at Regionals to represent Zone 4, Region 3
at Nationals in the individual AQHA Trophy division. Ironically the rider
who was second in that ride-off was second in individual open reining at
Semi's! Blair Childress of North Carolina State University and Leggett both
scored a combined 83 points in open reining and rail during the regular
season to create the need for a ride-off at Regionals. This time both
riders knew they were nationals-bound, as Childress received a score of
'136.' Bianco was third with a score of '135.5,' Clevenger fourth after the
ride-off, Jen Taylor of Arcadia University (junior, Millville, New Jersey)
fifth after a ride-off score of '134' and Caleb Roberts of Ohio University -
Southern Campus sixth after a ride-off score of '129.5' Ribbons for seventh
and eighth were also given out, as Alekz Hutterman-Kall of S.U.N.Y. - Oswego
scored a '133.5' for seventh while Heather Darling of Colby Community
College was eighth with a score of '133.' Darling was one of three riders
with a score of '133' but was apparently the highest of the three. Because
eighth place would not advance to Nationals no tiebreaker ride was required.
|Seven of the eight undergraduate individual winners came from schools which also had a full team entered. Kayla Fisk of
Laramie County Community College bucked the trend by winning individual open western horsemanship. Fisk poses with L Triple C head coach
Lanae Koons (on right) after beating seven others which by chance also came from schools with a full team entered!
Day two of Semifinals kicked off at 8:15AM, with DeBernard the first
rider in the ring for Team Open Reining. As each rider completed their
pattern the combined judge's scores of Miller and Buckwalter were read
aloud over the public address system. Therefore anyone with a pen and
paper could determine how the placings would turn out. However two
riders, Brice Howell of Black Hawk College and Austin Griffith of Ohio
State, received re-rides after incurring difficulty with their initial
draws. Howell's score upon the
second horse was a '134.5' which bumped all but one rider down a notch
in the rankings. First place with a score of '135.5' was Kallie Kayton
of Nebraska. The freshman from Albion, Nebraska had gone in the middle
of the division. Howell, a sophomore from Greentown, Indiana was second
while Jessica Hosie of S.U.N.Y. - Oswego (senior, Canisius, New York)
was third with a score of '133' to put the Lakers on the board.
Griffith, a sophomore from Dublin, Ohio who is the son of Buckeye
coaches Ollie and Debbie Griffith, received a score of '132' in the
re-ride for fourth place. Leggett was fifth with a score of '127' while
DeBernard was sixth with a '126.5.' Delaplaine (with a score of
'121.5') and Lindell (a '118.5) were seventh and eighth, respectively.
Through three of six team classes it was University of Nebraska at
Lincoln 18, University of Delaware 10, Ohio State University 9, Black
Hawk College 8, St. Andrews University 7, West Virginia University 6,
North Dakota State University 4 and State University of New York at
Oswego 4. The Cornhuskers had won back-to-back classes to open up a
substantial lead. Nebraska had twice been reserve champion at a
Semifinal event. Would this be the Cornhuskers' first time as
Individual Beginner Western Horsemanship followed team open reining
with the division run similarly to the team class a day earlier.
When the results were announced (and all class results were announced
in reverse order, from eighth place to first) it turned out the top two
were from the same team! Oswego teammates Brent Rose (junior, Kenoza
Lake, New York) and Brianna Brogan (junior, Lockport, New York)
finished first and second, respectively. "Not bad for never riding a
horse before," said Rose, as he had not been on a horse prior to
enrolling at Oswego. Rose is one of a rare breed who actually had a
four-year degree (from S.U.N.Y. - Fredonia) from a completely different
school prior to attending another one. Though he graduated with
a communications degree in 2007 Rose decided to go back to school for
another undergraduate degree. Amber Powell of St. Andrews University
was third, followed by Leslie Ulm of Truman State University. From the
Des Moines suburb of Urbandale, Iowa, Ulm was the only Truman rider to
qualify for Semifinals. Also in the top eight were James Schultz of
Black Hawk (fifth), Lauren Dorenkott of Ohio University (sixth), Leslie
Miller of North Dakota State (seventh) and Katie Higgins of Nebraska -
Lincoln (by process of elimination, eighth).
|Seen here with assistant coach Betsy Vogt, Caroline Lavenduski of the University of Delaware (on
left) was second individual novice western horsemanship. Lavenduski was the only undergraduate rider from the host
region to advance to IHSA Nationals on an individual basis.
The third class of the Sunday session was the last to involve
open-level riders. The finals of Individual Open Western
Horsemanship included seven riders who had already competed in
either Team Open Reining, Individual Open Reining, Team Open
Western or a combination thereof. However the only rider in this
class who had not competed in any of the previous three open
classes managed to win outright. Kayla Fisk, a Laramie County
Community College sophomore from Parker, Colorado turned out to
be the only rider from her school to advance through to Nationals
over the weekend. Griffith's final ride of the weekend resulted
in second place. Hutterman-Kall was third to become the third
Oswego rider to pass through to Nationals individually. Howell
equalled teammate Clevenger with a fourth to give Black Hawk a
second individual ride at Nationals. Arcadia's Taylor (fifth),
Nebraska's Jorgensen (sixth), West Virginia's Delaplaine (seventh)
and North Dakota State's Lindell (eighth) rounded out the
Individual Open Western placings.
The next class was the first of two on Sunday which required
riders to 'stay on' for an automatic trip to Nationals. Because only
two of the eight regions which traveled to Harrington held alumni
classes during the regular season there were only four alumni who
survived the Regionals process. With the top four in each
individual class advancing to Nationals (including the alumni
divisions) the results of Alumni Reining were a tad anti-climactic.
The top score in the division went to Bucks County Community College
graduate Alexis Plavocos with a '122.' This score narrowly beat
2011 University of Delaware graduate James Hobbie's score of '121.5.'
Third place went to 2006 Vanderbilt University graduate Kelly
Sheehan with a '112.5' while Becky Brayer of Indiana University of
Pennsylvania was fourth with a score of '107.' Save for Plavocos
the others would return to compete in alumni western horsemanship a
short time later.
With so many teams bunched together from second place down
everyone still had hope of sending a full team to Nationals prior
to the start of Team Novice Western Horsemanship. Strangely the
fourth team class did not truly eliminate anyone from contention.
Brittany Powell, a junior from Huntersville, North Carolina won the
division to double St. Andrews' total from seven to 14. Renee
Blacker (sophomore, Montecello, Illinois) was second to raise Black
Hawk's total to 13. Oswego saw their total double as Sarah Blanton
was third. The Laker junior from Jeffersonville, Illinois pointed
out to us that her sister Nicole was competing for Morrisville
State College at the Findlay, Ohio semifinal concurrent to the
Harrington event. West Virginia went from six points to nine as
Brittany Orwick (senior, State College, Pennsylvania) was fourth.
Emily Kedrowski (sophomore, Apple Valley, Minnesota) was fifth to
increase North Dakota State's total from four to six while Brooke
Preston (junior, Firth, Nebraska) was sixth to give the Cornhuskers
one more point. Natassia Haupt of Ohio State was seventh while
Alissa Claiser of Delaware was eighth. Through four team classes
it was Nebraska - Lincoln 19, St. Andrews 14, Black Hawk 13,
University of Delaware 10, West Virginia 9, Ohio State 9, Oswego 8
and North Dakota State 6. The total that jumped out at many was
Ohio State's nine points. The Buckeyes had never lost a Semifinal
show. With only two classes left Ohio State was not only ten
points behind the leaders the Buckeyes were in jeopardy of Not sending
a full western team to IHSA Nationals for the first time since 1986!
|Only once during the day were the top two riders in any division
from the same school. This occurred in individual beginner western horsemanship, when
SUNY-Oswego's Brent Rose won the class while teammate Brianna Brogan was second. From
left to right are Oswego coach Dan Bergstresser, Brogan, Rose and IHSA Founder and
Executive Director Bob Cacchione. The Lakers sent four individual riders forward over
Following team novice was the Alumni Western Horsemanship division.
All four riders walked, jogged and lopped before performing the
pattern. Brayar was much improved from her reining effort, winning
the blue ribbon here. Shilpa Deshpande, another 2011 University of
Delaware graduate was second. Sheehan was the only alumni to earn the
same ribbon twice while Hobbie swapped ribbons with Brayar by earning
the fourth. Again all four riders knew they were Nationals-bound.
Team Intermediate Western Horsemanship was the seventh class of
the day and a do-or-die for up to five teams. Ohio State needed a
very good ride from Valeri Wolf to keep their dream of 26 consecutive
IHSA Nationals Western Team appearances alive. A sophomore from
Toledo, Ohio, Wolf gave the Buckeyes exactly what the doctor ordered
and came through with the blue ribbon. Oswego, in the outhouse
yesterday, continued to make strides for the penthouse as Rebecca
Harder (sophomore, West Oneonta, New York) was second. Becca Brigel,
a sophomore from Oswego, Illinois (not to be confused with the Oswego
in New York State) was third for Black Hawk while Katie Mosca
(freshman, Concord, New Hampshire) was fourth to create a tie for
second between Black Hawk and Mosca's St. Andrews Knights. Katie
Reilly (junior, Stony Brook, New York) was fifth for Delaware while
Mohamad Alromaihi (a senior from Qatar) was sixth for West Virginia.
In each case these two teams remained mathematically alive for a shot
at Nationals though in both scenarios they would need a specific
combination (and in the Mountaineer's case, a first) in the final
class. Chelsey Schafer of North Dakota State was seventh while Blake
Preston (Brooke's younger brother) was eighth for Nebraska - Lincoln.
At this point North Dakota State was the only team mathematically
eliminated. However this was the Bison's first season ever in which
they won a Region Title and took a full Western (or English) team to
the post season. Surprisingly the Cornhuskers still led but their 19
point total had not clinched them a trip to Nationals. Both Black
Hawk and St. Andrews each had 17 while Ohio State had gone from nine
to 16 points thanks to Wolf's heroics. Oswego had 13, Delaware 12,
West Virginia 10 and North Dakota State 6. Oswego had a chance to
become the first team in IHSA Semifinals history to go scoreless in
the first two team classes but rally to win Semifinals outright.
The Lakers would need a strange combination (including a win in team
advanced western) to accomplish this. St. Andrews and Nebraska each
had a chance to win a Semifinal event for the first time. Ohio State
was now on the outside looking in - by a single point. Would the
IHSA's longest streak of IHSA Nationals consecutive appearances for a
full team - English or Western - go from 25 to 26?
Just as there had been an alumni class between team novice and
team intermediate horsemanship there was an individual class between
team intermediate and team advanced horsemanship. Individual Novice
Western Horsemanship finals involved eight riders from seven schools
including four involved with the team competition. Catherine Jula,
a West Virginia Universitiy freshman from Blacklick, Ohio won
individual novice western. Jula was the only freshman to win an
individual class in Harrington over the weekend. Caroline Lavenduski
(junior, Newtown, Pennsylvania) assurred DeBernard, Hobbie and
Deshpande of some company at Nationals as the University of Delaware
rider placed second. Dustin Renken of the University of Nebraska at
Lincoln was third. This may have been a good omen for the sophomore
from Bertrand, Nebraska, as he was entered in team advanced a few
minutes later. Samantha Kirby (sophomore, Albion, New
York) earned the white ribbon to give Oswego a fourth individual
ride at Nationals. Delaware Valley College junior Sarah Rybrandt was
fifth, the only Aggie to compete on March 25th. Ohio University
freshman Emily Lanning was sixth while California University of
Pennsylvania senior Julianna Currinder was seventh. Currinder was
the only CUP rider entered this weekend. Oswego senior Allyson
Overend was eighth. Overend had defeated Kirby for the blue ribbon
at Regionals a few weeks earlier.
|Catherine Jula of West Virginia University (on left, with Mountaineers head coach Bobby Dean) won the fourth of six undergraduate individual
classes. Jula won individual novice western while the Mountaineers finished a respectable fifth in the team competition.
Lavenduski, Overend and Renken had the honor of riding in
consecutive classes, as each took part in a memorable Team Advanced
Western Horsemanship division. The sixth and final team class
appears to mark the first time in IHSA Semifinals history that
seven different teams were still alive to advance a full team to
Nationals AND that not one of them was already qualified. Everyone
had something to win and something to lose of these seven
Following each rider completing their pattern handlers came into
the ring to escort the horses to the holding area while the riders
lined up for the presentation of ribbons. In eighth place was
Laura Schlosser of North Dakota State. With that announcement
several of the teams chasing the leaders knew they would gain less
ground than they hoped. Seventh place went to Overend, which
ended the Lakers' bid to send a full team forward. It also
ended West Virginia's bid as all three teams with 17 or more
points were going to gain at least one point. Sixth went to
Marilyn Brandt of Black Hawk College. This did not immediately
eliminate the team which finished third at 2011 IHSA Nationals but
it meant the fifth place ribbon could eliminate Black Hawk if it
went to a specific team. Lavenduski was fifth, which determined
the three survivors from Harrington. Delaware was
eliminated, as was Black Hawk. Ohio State was assured of at least
three points, guaranteeing them a trip back to Nationals. The
question that remained was which of the top three would finish
where. Fourth place went to Kali Cram of St. Andrews. A
sophomore from Mooresville, North Carolina who also rides hunter
seat for the Knights (as does her identical twin sister), Cram
raised St. Andrews' total to 20 points. Claire Sutton, a junior
from Perrysburg, Ohio was third for Ohio State. This gave the
Buckeyes 20 points and sent coach Ollie Griffith looking for the
rule book to determine who the Reserve Champion was via the
tiebreaker. Grace Skaff, a senior from Charlestown, West Virginia
went out with a good ride. Skaff was second for the Mountaineers,
which would finish in fifth place with 15 points thanks to her
effort. Time in the seat helped Renken the most, for he followed
up his third with a first at the higher level. The Cornhuskers
had done what no team had been able to do at a prior semifinal, and
that is to defeat the legendary Ohio State Buckeyes. By a 26-20
margin the University of Nebraska at Lincoln had prevailed, earning
three of a possible six blue ribbons. Ohio State turned out to be
the Reserve Champion, based on the third tiebreaker which was
Reining Points (the first tiebreaker is blue ribbons while the
second one is red ribbons - Editor). Griffith had placed fourth
while Leggett was fifth in team reining to give the Buckeyes the
Red Ribbon. St. Andrews, which had provided several of the horses
at today's show, was ecstatic to see their season continue. Head
Coach Carla Wennberg was perhaps the happiest as Nationals are in
Raleigh and it would have been sad for the Knights if the western
team from the host region had not qualified. As it worked out St.
Andrews can claim to be the closest school in land miles from the
Hunt Horse Complex to their campus in Laurinburg of any IHSA
program with a full western team entered at the National show.
|Through four team classes the IHSA's longest active streak of consecutive Nationals Apperances with a full
team was in jeopardy of coming to an end. However Ohio State University sophomore Valeri Wolf (on left) won the fifth of six
team classes to move the Buckeyes within a point of third place. Later on Coach Ollie Griffith (on right) saw Ohio State
finish second to send a full western team to Nationals a 26th consecutive season.
Because there will be an awards presentation at the end of
the show involving each of the schools with a full team present
most Semifinal events finish up with one or two individual
classes (this affords the time for riders on these eight teams
who may have been dressed casually to put on their riding attire
for the presentation of ribbons and awards). The next-to-last
class in Harrington was the Individual Intermediate Western
Horsemanship division. The stars must have been lined up well
for Blacker, for the Black Hawk sophomore followed up her second
in team novice with a first in individual intermediate. Shanna
Lenger (Junior, Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania) was second. Lenger
was the only rider from Slippery Rock College to have qualified
for Semifinals. Jordan Roberts (junior, Wapakoneta, Ohio) of
Ohio University - Southern Campus was third while Adi Andree
(senior, Vail, Colorado) of the University of Wyoming was
fourth. Like Lenger both Roberts and Andree will be the only
riders from their resepective schools riding western at IHSA
Nationals (Andree was the lone Wyoming Cowgirl to qualify for
the Harrington event). Chelsey Schmidgall of Black Hawk was
fifth, Jennifer Ehle of Cazenovia was sixth, Emily Pethel of
North Carolina State seventh and Cara Peters of Nebraska -
Lincoln eighth to round out the placings.
Individual Advanced Western Horsemanship was the final
division of the day. Though they came up just short of sending
a full team to Nationals Black Hawk will be well represented
individually in Raleigh. Alissa Frederick, a sophomore from
West Chicago, Illinois won the division to join teammates
Clevenger, Howell, Blacker and individual AQHA Trophy qualifier
Sommerville in earning a trip to the Hunt Horse Complex. Up to
this point Shannon Voges was the only North Dakota State rider
qualified for Nationals, and this was as the individual AQHA
Trophy rider from Zone 7, Region 3. However Voges will have
company in Raleigh thanks to Hannah Beyer. A junior from Rapid
City, South Dakota, Beyer was the advanced western reserve
champion. While St. Andrews and North Carolina State are
part of Zone 4, Region 3 for hunter seat, Western Carolina
University is one of three Zone 5, Region 4 schools which rides
against them at regular season western events. Leslie
Hammontree of Western Carolina (freshman, Onondaga, Michigan)
was third to become the only Zone 5, Region 4 western rider to
survive both Regionals and Semi's to reach Raleigh. Brandon
Essink, a senior from Syracuse, Nebraska, was fourth to provide
the Champion Cornhuskers yet another Nationals qualifier.
Oswego senior Lauren Clark was fifth followed by Katrina Quick
of Nebraska - Lincoln (who defeated teammate Essink at
Regionals), Alison Bos of Missouri State (seventh and the only
Missouri State rider to survive Regionals) and Stephanie Jacobs
of Bethany College (the only other team from the state of West
Virginia besides West Virginia University to show western
within the IHSA at this time).
|They started a trend! Coached by Carla Wennberg (on far left) the St. Andrews University Knights were third at Semifinals to advance
a full western team to Nationals. Two weeks later the St. Andrews hunter seat team would survive Zones to advance to Nationals, becoming the only IHSA
program to advance both a full western and a full english team to Nationals in 2012. And though it is a separate organization the St. Andrews dressage
team is also bound for the IDA's National Championships in Long Valley, New Jersey April 28th and 29th.
The final order of business was the team awards presentation.
Each of the eight schools with full teams were announced from
eighth back to first. Though they were already inside the ring
each team stepped forward to receive their ribbons. Eventally
Nebraska, coached by Lori Jaxien (who is in her third season as
coach of the Cornhuskers) was given the blue ribbons. After
everyone had begun to leave the arena, this writer could not
help but ask Ollie Griffith if he thought the quality of western
riding had improved for most of the Northeastern - based IHSA
programs since no less than five hunter seat regions added
western between 1998 and 2009. Griffith indicated that many
regions along the east coast have caught up with the rest of the
country. And the rest? "They are catching up," said Griffith,
now at Nationals with a full team for a 26th consecutive season
while in search of a tenth Western National Championship.
Class-By-Class Results from IHSA Semifinals in Harrington,
Delaware, listed in the order in which they were held, with the
top four riders in each individual class advancing to IHSA
Nationals May 3rd through 6th in Raleigh, North Carolina. The
Judges for this event were Bonnie Miller of Morrisville, New
York and Scott Buckwater of Landisburg, Pennsylvania. The
combined Judge's scores in the Reining Classes are also included:
Team Beginner Western Horsemanship: 1. Liz Vacchiano, University of
Delaware. 2. Dugan McDermott, St. Andrews University. 3. Amanda Young,
University of Nebraska at Lincoln. 4. Layla Monazam, West Virginia University.
5. Christie Darnell, Black Hawk College. 6. Lidia Pedrozo, Ohio State
University. 7. Cami Slaubaugh, North Dakota State University. 8. Heidi
Chamberlin, State University of New York at Oswego.
Team Open Western Horsemanship: 1. Hali Jorgensen, University of Nebraska
at Lincoln. 2. Beth Bianco, Ohio State University. 3. Ashley Lindell, North
Dakota State University. 4. Kelsey Delaplaine, West Virginia University.
5. Jen DeBernard, University of Delaware. 6. Carrie Sommerville, Black Hawk
College. 7. Alekz Hutterman-Kall, State University of New York at Oswego.
8. Michelle Hustad, St. Andrews University.
Individual Open Reining: 1. Shannon Leggett, St. Andrews University '140.'
2. Blair Childress, North Carolina State University '136.' 3. Beth Bianco,
Ohio State University '135.5.' 4. Josh Clevenger, Black Hawk College '135'
followed by '134.5' in ride-off. 5. Jen Taylor, Arcadia University '135'
followed by '134' in ride-off. 6. Caleb Roberts, Ohio University - Southern
Campus '135' followed by '129.5' in ride-off. 7. Alekz Hutterman-Kall, State
University of New York at Oswego '133.5.' 8. Heather Darling, Colby Community
College '133.' (Other scores: Alie Leonart, University of Wisconsin at River
Falls '133.' Elizabeth Mocniak, University of Pittsburgh '133.' William
Wright, Colby Community College '132.5.' Carrie Sommerville, Black Hawk
College '131.5.' Shannon Voges, North Dakota State University '131.'
Christine Petrone, Cazenovia College '129.' Hannah Rupert, Delaware Valley
College '0' and Kelsey Delaplaine, West Virginia University '0.')
Team Open Reining: 1. Kallie Kayton, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
'135.5.' 2. Brice Howell, Black Hawk College '134.5.' 3. Jessica Hosie,
State University of New York at Oswego '133.' 4. Austin Griffith, Ohio
State University '132.' 5. Shannon Leggett, St. Andrews University '127.'
6. Jen DeBernard, University of Delaware '126.5.' 7. Kelsey Delaplaine,
West Virginia University '121.5.' 8. Ashley Lindell, North Dakota State
Individual Beginner Western Horsemanship: 1. Brent Rose, State University
of New York at Oswego. 2. Brianna Brogan, State University of New York at
Oswego. 3. Amber Powell, St. Andrews University. 4. Leslie Ulm, Truman
State University. 5. James Schultz, Black Hawk College. 6. Lauren Dorenkott,
Ohio University. 7. Leslie Miller, North Dakota State University. 8. Katie
Higgins, University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Individual Open Western Horsemanship: 1. Kayla Fisk, Laramie County
Community College. 2. Austin Griffith, Ohio State University. 3. Alekz
Hutterman-Kall, State University of New York at Oswego. 4. Brice Howell,
Black Hawk College. 5. Jen Taylor, Arcadia University. 6. Hali Jorgensen,
University of Nebraska at Lincoln. 7. Kelsey Delaplaine, West Virginia
University. 8. Ashley Lindell, North Dakota State University.
Alumni Reining: 1. Alexis Plavocos, Bucks County Community College '122.'
2. James Hobbie, University of Delaware '121.' 3. Kelly Sheehan, Vanderbilt
University '112.5.' 4. Becky Braymer, Indiana University of Pennsylvania '107.'
Team Novice Western Horsemanship: 1. Brittany Powell, St. Andrews
University. 2. Renee Blacker, Black Hawk College. 3. Sarah Blanton, State
University of New York at Oswego. 4. Brittany Orwick, West Virginia
University. 5. Emily Kedrowski, North Dakota State University. 6. Brooke
Preston, University of Nebraska at Lincoln. 7. Natassia Haupt, Ohio State
University. 8. Alissa Claiser, University of Delaware.
Alumni Western Horsemanship: 1. Becky Braymer, Indiana University of
Pennsylvania. 2. Shilpa Deshpande, University of Delaware. 3. Kelly Sheehan,
Vanderbilt University. 4. James Hobbie, University of Delaware.
Team Intermediate Western Horsemanship: 1. Valeri Wolf, Ohio State
University. 2. Rebecca Harder, State University of New York at Oswego.
3. Becca Brigel, Black Hawk College. 4. Katie Mosca, St. Andrews University.
5. Katie Reilly, University of Delaware. 6. Mohamad Alromaihi, West Virginia
University. 7. Chelsey Schafer, North Dakota State University. 8. Blake
Preston, University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Individual Novice Western Horsemanship: 1. Catherine Jula, West Virginia
University. 2. Caroline Lavenduski, University of Delaware. 3. Dustin
Renken, University of Nebraska at Lincoln. 4. Samantha Kirby, State
University of New York at Oswego. 5. Sarah Rybrandt, Delaware Valley College.
6. Emily Lanning, Ohio University. 7. Julianna Currinder, California
University of Pennsylvania. 8. Allyson Overend, State University of New York
Team Advanced Western Horsemanship: 1. Dustin Renken, University of
Nebraska at Lincoln. 2. Grace Skaff, West Virginia University. 3. Claire
Sutton, Ohio State University. 4. Kali Cram, St. Andrews Presbyterian
College. 5. Caroline Lavenduski, University of Delaware. 6. Marilyn Brandt,
Black Hawk College. 7. Allyson Overend, State University of New York at
Oswego. 8. Laura Schlosser, North Dakota State University.
Individual Intermediate Western Horsemanship: 1. Renee Blacker, Black
Hawk College. 2. Shanna Lenger, Slippery Rock University. 3. Jordan Roberts,
Ohio University - Southern Campus. 4. Adi Andree, University of Wyoming.
5. Chelsey Schmidgall, Black Hawk College. 6. Jennifer Ehle, Cazenovia
College. 7. Emily Pethel, North Carolina State University. 8. Cara Peters,
University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Individual Advanced Western Horsemanship: 1. Alissa Frederick, Black Hawk
College. 2. Hannah Beyer, North Dakota State University. 3. Leslie
Hammontree, Western Carolina University. 4. Brandon Essink, University of
Delaware. 5. Lauren Clark, State University of New York at Oswego.
6. Katrina Quick, University of Nebraska at Lincoln. 7. Alison Bos, Missouri
State University. 8. Stephanie Jacobs, Bethany College.
Final Team Totals, with the top three teams advancing to 2012 IHSA
Nationals: University of Nebraska at Lincoln (High Point Team) 26;
Ohio State University (Reserve) 20; St. Andrews University 20; Black Hawk
College 18; West Virginia University 15; University of Delaware 14; State
University of New York at Oswego 13 and North Dakota State University 6.